Get the scoop.

Other Articles

Woodman's fights its tax bill »

River Prairie Announces Official Logo »

Prevea to open urgent care clinic in Altoona »

Altoona looks to improve Highway 12 safety after fatal accident »

Just the ham, ma'am: Altoona cops take a Christmas break... »

Local officers hand out hams to traffic violators instead of tickets »

Vote on Altoona fire & rescue service charge ordinance postponed »

Altoona council delays vote on fire fees »

Altoona to consider charging non-residents for emergency services »

How non-tax payers could foot the bill for rescue calls in Altoona »

5 Reasons to Hold Your Event at River Prairie Center »

The Altoona Citizen to arrive in your mailbox this week! »

Snow driving safety on one of state's most dangerous roadways; county adjusts snow plow regulations »

Altoona tax bills a bit higher this year »

Eau Claire County board OKs plans to upgrade Lake Altoona County Park »

Altoona police officers give out hams instead of tickets

Friday, December 22, 2017
Bridget Curran | WQOW

Altoona (WQOW) - Officers from the Altoona Police Department gave out hams instead of tickets on Thursday.

An anonymous donor gave $500 to the Altoona Police Department, who bought 26 hams to give out to members of the community. Probable cause had to be present before police conducted a traffic stop, but then, a potential ticket was replaced with a smoked ham.

"The goal is to share the 26 hams with random people in our community, in hopes to bring 26 smiles to their faces on Christmas," said Jesse James, chief of police for the Altoona Police Department.

Officers dubbed the operation "Ham a Merry Christmas".

This isn't the first time the Altoona Police Department has participated in something like this. In 2014, officers handed out $100 to traffic violators, thanks to a different anonymous donor!


Read more about this article »